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The question being on the adoption of the motion to refer the bill and amendment to the committee on judiciary, it was decided in the negative.

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Paddock: Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform the House of Representatives that the Senate has passed a bill of the following title, to-wit:

Senate bill, No. 493, for "An act to amend an act entitled "an act in regard to roads and bridges in counties under township organization.'»

In the passage of which I am instructed to ask the concurrence of the House of Representatives.

A message from the Governor, by Philo J. Beveridge, Private Secretary:

Mr. Speaker: I am directed by the Governor to lay before the House of Representatives the following written communication :

STATE OF ILLINOIS, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

SPRINGFIELD, January 22, 1874. To the Honorable the House of Representatives :

I herewith lay before the Legislature a copy of a communication dated January 9th, 1874, from his Excellency Thomas A. Hendricks, Governor of Indiana, relating to the removal of the dam across the Calumet river at Blue Island, in Cook county.

This dam, constructed to supply the Calumet feeder to the Illinois and Michigan Canal, is no longer needed for that purpose.

The people of Indiana complain, and justly too, that the overflow caused by the dam is injurious to a large body of land in the north west part of the State, and it is due to our neighboring State that relief be given, and I respectfully urge upon the Legislature that some action be taken for the removal of said dam.

JOHN L. BEVERIDGE, Governor. By the Governor : PHILO J. BEVERIDGE, Private Secretary.

STATE OF INDIANA, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

INDIANAPOLIS, January 9, 1874. Hon. John L. BEVERIDGE, Governor of Illinois :

SIR: At the last session of your General Assembly a bill was pending providing for the payment of Messrs. Pfeifer and Roll, of the damages they would sustain by the removal of the dam across the Calumet river, at Blue Island. The bill failed to pass. The people of Indiana feel that your State should, in some manner, cause the removal of the obstruction.

In your letter to me, written just after the close of the last session of your Legislature, you informed me that some measure could be adopted at the present session that would cause the removal of the dam.

Will you be pleased to have the matter brought to the attention of your Legislature, to the end that the puisance to our people may be removed.

The Attorney-General of this State would be glad to afford you any information and correspondence on this subject in his possession.

Very respectfully yours, (Signed.]

THOMASRA. HENDRICKS,

Governor The House resumed the consideration of House bill, No. 138.

On motion of Mr. Thornton, The previous question was ordered.

The question then being on the adoption of the amendment, it was decided in the negative.

The question then being on ordering the bill to a third reading, it was decided in the negative, yeas 34, nays 93—the yeas and nays being demanded by five members.

Those voting in the affirmative are, Messrs. Alexander of Montgomery, Barkley, Bishop of McHenry, Booth, Bradwell, Cassed y, Collins, Dowey, Dolton, Frøeman, Golden, Graham, Granger, Gridley, Hildrup, Johnston, Kase, Loomis, Mid

dlecoff, Moore of Adams, Oakwood, Oberly, Peltzer, Quinn, Rico, Savage, Sonne, Shaw, Sheridan, Sherman, Snow, Starr, Taggart, Truitt-34.

Those voting in the negative are, Messrs. Alexander of Crawford, Armstrong of Grundy, Armstrong of LaSalle, Ballow, Blakely, Bocock, Branson, Bryant Bullard, Casey, Chambers, Connolly, Crawford, Cronkrite, Cullerton, Dar. nell, Davis, Dement, Dolan, Dresser, Dunham, Efner, Ewing. Flanders, Forth, Freeland, Grey, Grid. ley, Griffith, Halpin, Hart, Harvey, Hay, Henry, Hite of Madison, Hite of St. Clair, Hoiles, Hollenbaok, Hopkins, Inscore, Jaquess, Jackson, Jessup, Jones, Lane of Hancock, Lane of De Witt, Lewis, Lietze, Lomax, Marsh, Massie, McAdams, McDonald, MeGee, McLaughlin, McPherran, Meacham, Mitchell, Moore of Marshall, Moose, Morrison, Moffett, Mulvane, Neville, Nulton, Oleson, Orendorff, Plowman, Pollock, Pyatt, Race, Ramey, Rankin, Ray, Rountree, Scanlan, Scott, Smith, Soule, Stowart of Winnebago, Stewart of McLean, Streetor, Stroud, Thomas, Thornton, Virden, Walker, Washburn, Wayman, Webber, Webster, Westfall, Wood, Wymore, Mr. Speaker—94.

So the question on ordering the bill to a third reading was decided in the negative.

On motion of Mr. Ray, At 12:20 o'clock P. M., the House adjourned to 2:30 o'clock P. M.

TWO-THIRTY O'CLOCK P. M.

The House met, pursuant to adjournment. Mr. Bullard (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 749, for "An act to facilitate the drainage of wet lands."

Which was referred to the committee on drainage.

Mr. Bullard (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 750, for "An act to amend section 6 of an act to fund and provide for paying the railroad debts of counties, townships, cities and towus,' in force April 16, 1869."

Which was read a first time, and referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. McLaughlin (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 751, for “An act to enable cities, towns and villages, not incorporated under the act entitled 'an act to provide for the incorporation of cities and villages,' to change ward boundaries and to create additional wards." Which was referred to the committee on judiciary.

On motion of Mr. Nulton, House bill, No. 673, for “An act to amend section thirteen of an act entitled an act to fix the salaries of State officers; of the Judges of the Circuit Courts and Superior Court of Cook county; of the State's Attorneys; of the Judges and Prosecuting Attorneys of inferior Courts in cities and towns; of the county officers of Cook county; to regulate the fees of the Secretary of State and of the Clerks of the Supreme Court; to classify the counties according to population, and fix the scale of fees for coumty officers in each class; to establish the fees of Masters-in-Chancery, Notaries Public, Commission. ers, Arbitrators, Jurors, Witnesses, Justices of the Peace, Constables, and all town officers; to provide the mode of rendering their accounts, and to fix a penalty for exacting illegal fees,' approved March 29, 1872,"

Was taken from the table and ordered printed. Mr. Scanlan (by consnt) introduced House bill, No. 752, for “An act to regulate the appropriations for the necessary expenses of the State charitable institutions.

Which was read a first time, and referred to the committee on civil service and retrenchment.

Mr. Savage (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 753, for "An act to authorize incorporated cities, towns or villages in this State situated on the banks of navigable rivers to lease parts of their public landings or levees."

Which was referred to the committee on municipal affairs.

Mr. Moose (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 754, for “An act to amend section 5, of an act entitled "an act to revise and consolidate the several acts relating to the protection of game and for the protection of deer, wild fowl and birds, and to repeal certain laws,' approved May 3, A. D. 1873."

Which was referred to the committee on game and fish.

Mr. Cronkrite (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 755, for "An act to amend section 2, of an act entitled 'an act to provide the necessary revenue for State purposes,' approved May 3, 1873."

Which was referred to the committee on revenue.

Mr. Lomax (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 756, for "An act to increase the number of justices of the peace for the city of Chicago, Cook county, and State of Illinois."

Which was referred to tbe committe on municipal affairs.

Mr. Sheridan (by consent) from the committee on militia, submitted the following report: To the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

The committee on militia, to whom was referred the Governor's communication recommending that an appropriation be made in aid of the National Cemetery at Antietam, instruct me to report the same back and express concurrence in the sentiments therein expressed, and recommend that Senate bill, No. 84, be taken from the table and put upon its passage.

On motion of Mr. Hart,
The previous question was ordered.

The question then being on concurring in the report of the committee on militia, it was decided in the negative, yeas 52, nays 76— the yeas and nays being demanded by five members.

Those voting in the affirmative are: Messrs. Ballow, Bocock, Bradwell, Bryant. Bullard, Casey, Crawford, Cullerton, Davis, Dement, Dolton, Ferrier, Freeland, Golden, Gordon, Granger, Halpin, Herting, Hite of St. Clair, Hollenback, Hopkins, Inscore, Johnston, Lane of Hancock, Lemma, Marsh, Massie, McLaugblin, Meacham, Middlecoff, Moose, Mulvane, Neville, Oberly, Oleson, Orendort, Peltzer, Pinnell, Pyatt, Quinn, Race, Ramey, Ray, Rice, Rountree, Savage, Seanlan, Senne, Sheridan, Stewart of McLean, Westfall, Wood-52.

Those voting in the negative are,
Messrs. Alexander of Montgomery, Anderson, Armstrong of Grundy, Armstrong of LaSalle, Bark-
ley, Bishop of McHenry, Blakely, Booth, Cassedy, Carpenter, Chambers, Collins, Connolly, Cronkrite,
Crosby, Darnell, Dewey, Dolan, Dunham, Easley, Efner, Ewing. Flanders, Forth, Freeman, Graham,
Grant, Grey, Gridloy, Griffith, Hart, Hay, Henry, Hite of Madison, Hildrup, Hoiles, Jaquess, Jack-
Bon, Jessup, Jones, Kase, Lane of De Witt, Lewis, Lietze, Lomax, McAdams, McDonald, Me-
Pherran, Moore of Marshall, Moffett, Nulton, Oakwood, Plowman, Pollock, Rankin, Scott. Shaw,
Sherman, Shumway, Smith, Snow, Soule, Starr, Streetor, Stroud, Taggart, Thomas, Thornton, Truitt,
Virden, Walker, Washburn, Wayman, Webster, Wymore, Mr. Speaker-76.

So the report of the committee was not concurred in.
Senate bills on third reading being in order,

Senate bill, No. 425, for “An act to authorize the establishment of a ferry across the Illinois river," was read a third time.

Mr. Grey moved to indefinitely postpone the further consideration of the bill.

Mr. Armstrong moved to refer the bill to the committee on canal and river improvement.

On motion of Mr. Carpenter, The previous question was ordered.

The first question being on the motion to refer the bill to the comunittee on canal and river improvements, it was decided in the negative.

The question then being on the motion to indefinitely postpone the further consideration of the bill, it was decided in the negative.

The bill and all amendments thereto having first been printed, and the question being: “Shall this bill pass ?" it was decided in the affirmative-yeas 99, nay's 19.

Those voting in the affirmative are, Messrs. Alexander of Crawford, Alexander of Montgomery Anderson, Ballow, Bishop of McHenry, Blakely, Booth, Bryant. Bullard, Casey, Chamber's. Collins, Crawford, Cronkrite, Crosby, Cullerton, Darnell, Davis, Dement, Dewey. Dolan, Doltou, Dresser, Dunham, Easley, Efner, Ewing, Forth, Free land, Freeman, Grey, Gridley, Griffith, Halpin, Herting, Hite of Madison, Hoiles, Hopkins, Inscore, Jaquess, Jessup. Johnston, Jones, Kase, Lane of Hancock, Lane of De Witt, Lemia, Lewis, Lietze, Lomax, Marsh, Mansie, McAdams, McDonald, McLaughlin, McPherran, Meacham, Middiecott, Mitchell. Moore of Marsball, Moore of Adams, Moose. Moffett, Neville, Oakwood, Oberly, Oleson, Peltzer, Pinnell, Pollock, Pyatt, Quimu, Ramey. Rankin, Rice, Rovers, kountree. Scanlan, Scott, Senne, Sheri. dan, Sherman Shumway, Snow, Soule, Stewart of Winnebago, Stewart of McLean, Streetor, Stroud, Taggart, Thornton, Walker, Warner, Washburn, Wayman, Westfall, Wood. Wymore, Mr. Speaker-99.

Those voting in the negative are, Messrs. Armstrong of LaSalle, Barkley, Bocock, Bradwell, Carpenter, Flanders, Gordon, Hart, Hay, Henry, Hildrup, Hollenback, Jackson, Mulvane, Orendorff, Ray, Savage, Smith, Thomas--19.

So the bill was declared passed.

Ordered that the title be as aforesaid, and that the Clerk inform the Senate of the passage of the bill.

On motiou of Mr. Iuscore, The rules were suspended, and he was permitted to submit the following resolutions :

WHERRAS, There is a prevailing opinion in the minds of many of the members of this General As. sembly that the various charitable institutions of the State are unnecessarily expensive, as now man. aged ; and whereas it is asserted that in many of said institutions supplies are purchased at retail prices at greater expense to the State than is absolutely pecessary; and whereas it is the duty of this Ireneral Assembly to protect the interests of the people who pay taxes for the support of said institutions; therefore,

Resolred by the House, the Senate concurring herein. That there be a joint special comn.ittee appointed, to consist of three members on the part of the House, and two on the part of the Senate, whose duty it shall be to thoroughly investigate the affairs of said charitable institutions, to ascertain the manner and principle of their management, and inquire into the expediency of putting the control and management of all said institutions under the control of one board of commissioners.

Resolved, That if said committee cannot get the necessary information from the State Board of Pub. lic Charities and the several departments of the State, that they are hereby instructed to visit the said institutions for the purpose of collecting such information, and that they report the result of their investigation at the earliest day possible; that if the interest of the State requires it, said committee report a bill revising the laws governing said institutions, and as far as may be, to remedy the evils complained of.

Which were adopted.

Mr. Moore of Marshall, from the committee on enrolled and engrossed bills, begs leave to report that a bill of the following title has been correctly engrossed, on January 22, 1874:

House bill, No. 607, for “An act in regard to attorneys general and State's attorneys."

Mr. Jones, froin the committee on contingent expenses, submitted the following report: TO THE HON. SHELBY M. CULLOM,

Speaker of the House of Representatives : The committee on contingent expenses, to whom was referred the resolution asking for a clerk for the committee on railroads, would beg leave to respectfully report that they are in favor of granting the request in said resolution. Which was concurred in.

On motion of Mr. Kasc, . At 5:15 o'clock P. M., the House adjourned until 10 o'clock A. M. to. morrow.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 1874.

The House wet, pursuant to adjournment.
Prajer by the Rev. Mr. Hale.
The journal of yesterday was being read, when,

On motion of Mr. Sherman, The further reading of the same was dispensed with. Mr. Sherman (by consent) introduced House bill, No. 757, for “An act to amend section 31 of an act concerning corporations,' in force July 1, 1872." Which was read a first time, and ordered to a second reading.

Mr. Collius (br consent) presented a petition from citizens of Kankakee county, asking that the time for payment of taxes be extended ; which was referred to the committee on revenue.

Mr. Dresser (by consent) presented a petition from citizens of Scott county, asking that the time for payment of taxes be extended; which was referred to the committee on revenue.

Mr. Mann (by consent) presented a petition from citizens of Kalle county, asking that the time for payment of taxes be extended; which was referred to the committee on revenue.

Mr. Hay (by consent), from the judiciary committee, submitted the following report : To the Speaker of the House of Representatives :

The judiciary committee, to whom was referred House bill, No. 605, for "An act to revise the law in relation to apprentices," having considered the same, report the bill back to the House recommending its passage.

The report of the committee was concurred in, and the bill read a third time.

The bill and all amendments thereto having first been printed, and the question being, “ Shall this bill pass ?" it was decided in the affirmative-yeas 10%, nays 19.

Those voting in the affirmative are, Mesers. Alexander of Crawford, Alexander of Montgomery, Anderson, Armstrong of Grundy, Armstrong of LaSalle, Barkley, Bishop of McHenry, Blakely. Bocock, Booth, Bradwell, Bryan, Bullard, Casey, Cassed y, Chambers, Collins, Cronkrite, Crosby, Darnell, Davis, Dement, Dewey, Dolan, Dolton, Dunham, Easley, Efner, Ferrier, Flanders, Freeland, Freeman, Golden, Graham, Granger, Grant, Gridley, Griffith, Hart, Harvey, Has, Henry, Hite of Madison, Hite of St. Clair, Hoiles, Hol. Jenback. Hopkins, Jaquess, Jackson, Jessup. Johnston, Lane of Hancock, Lewis, Lietze. Loipax, Mann. Massie. McAdams, McDonald, McPherran, Meacham, Middlecofy, Mitchell. Moore of Marshall, Moore of Adams, Morrison, Moflett. Mulvane, Neville, Oakwood, Oberly, Oleson, Orendorff, Pentield, Pinnell. Plowman, Pyatt, Race, Rames, Rankin, Ray, Rice, Rogers, Rountree, Savage, Scott, Senne, Smith, Soule, Streetor, Taggart, Thomas, Truitt, Virden, Walker, Warner, Washburn, Waynian, Web: ber, Westfall, Wood, Mr. Speaker-102.

Those voting in the negative are, Messrs. Carpenter, Cullerton, Gordon, Halpin, Herting, Inscore, Jones, Kase, Loomis. Marsh, Mcliee, McLaughlin, Moose, Quinn, Scanlan, Sherman, Snow, Stroud, Webster--19.

So the bill was declared passed.

Ordered that the title be as aforesaid, that the Clerk inform the Sen. ate of the passage of the bill and ask their concurrence therein.

Mr. Hay (by consent), from the committee on judiciary, submitted the following report:

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